The Mysterious Four #1: Hauntings and Heists [NOOK Book]

Overview

Can you crack the case with six clues or less?

Welcome to Moon Hollow, where mystery lurks around every corner--and four kids have come together to solve crimes and puzzles big and small.

Whether they're debunking sea monsters, thwarting bullies, or revealing who threw out mom's asparagus, Viola, ...
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The Mysterious Four #1: Hauntings and Heists

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Overview

Can you crack the case with six clues or less?

Welcome to Moon Hollow, where mystery lurks around every corner--and four kids have come together to solve crimes and puzzles big and small.

Whether they're debunking sea monsters, thwarting bullies, or revealing who threw out mom's asparagus, Viola, Sylvester, Rosie, and Woodrow will figure out the truth in six clues or less. And readers are invited to guess alongside them each step of the way.

Each book comes with an exclusive code so that readers can download a FREE copy of the e-book . . . which includes an extra mystery unavailable anywhere else!
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Alison F. Solove
Viola has just moved to Moon Hollow, New York—and brought her love of mystery-solving with her. She soon befriends her three new neighbors, Sylvester, Woodrow, and Rosie. Together, they start a mystery-solving club called The Question Marks that meets where the four corners of their lawns join. The book consists mostly of episodic mysteries the kids solve alone and discuss together, leading up to the discovery of a mysterious, underground tunnel linking Viola's home to the spooky, abandoned house across the street. The mysteries are all rated with a specific number of question marks based on the number of questions the kids need to answer before they solve a mystery, but the ranking system does not tell the reader anything about the difficulty. Instead, many of the mysteries are obvious, more-puzzle-than-mystery affairs like, "How can we identify the four cardinal directions without a compass when we're outside on a sunny day?" (Use the sun.) Most of the other mysteries are too obscure for even an adult reader. For example, Rosie's cousins are in trouble for "breaking" their little sister's pet snake into several small pieces. But Rosie gets them off the hook by explaining that the snake was really a lizard called a "glass snake." Rosie had known all along that the snake was a lizard because only lizards, not snakes, can blink. Because the kids meet together to discuss the mysteries after they have solved them by themselves, the mysteries generally do not develop character or advance a coherent plot. Kids interested in stories about kids who solve mysteries might prefer The Boxcar Children series or Harriet the Spy. For those interested in solving mysteries themselves, try The Encyclopedia Brown or Five-Minute Mystery series, both of which include much more intellectually interesting cases. Reviewer: Alison F. Solove
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545388610
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2011
  • Series: Mysterious Four, #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author


Dan Poblocki is the author of the middle-grade novels THE STONE CHILD (2009), THE NIGHTMARYS (2010), and THE GHOST OF GRAYLOCK (2012), as well as the Mysterious Four series. He grew up in Rhode Island and New Jersey, and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit him online at www.danpoblocki.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2011

    Fun, Interesting Book -- My Reluctant Reader Loved It!

    My 10-year-old is learning disabled and struggles to enjoy reading. She likes a mystery, though. So, I have turned to the classic choices that the reviewer mentioned and more to no avail. (Box Car Children is sacchrine as is Nancy Drew at times. I known they've spun off Nancy into more modern series in recent years which is understandable as the series is rather dated -- though charming and important. I felt Harriet the Spy was poorly done.) She loved both #1 and #2 from this series, however. I think that breaking up the central mystery with the smaller mysteries (which gives the book an almost puzzle book feel) held her attention. (She had difficulty following Nancy Drew as the pace was too quick and there were so many characters.) Plus, the author asks direct questions of the reader at the end of sections to help them chunk the mystery and assist in solving it. Being able to interact with the story more was helpful to her. I also disagree with the reviewer's notion that the puzzles are too easy or too unusual. It is a good mix. My daughter could solve some but not all, which made it challenging and not frustrating. (She did know that she could use the sun as a natural compass, by the way. So while it seems obvious to us maybe not to children.) My 12 year old, who is in a gifted program, enjoyed them as well. (I read some of the mini-mystery chapters to my family while we were stuck in traffic.) I would recommend The Mysterious Four books for upper elementary grades and reluctant readers. My famiy enjoyed these and hope there will be more!

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